On December 7, 2009, the Senate Labor Committee approved a bill (S3094) requiring any contractor or subcontractor bidding on any public work to participate in a registered apprenticeship program for each separate trade involved on the job. The committee amended the bill to “phase in” the apprenticeship requirement in a manner which provides an opportunity for contractors which do not now have apprenticeship programs to make the transition needed to comply with the requirement.
New York State Appellate Court Dismisses Disability Discrimination Claim Where Plaintiff Responded with Hostility to Defendant’s Inquiring Letter
The New York Appellate Division, First Department affirmed dismissal of the plaintiff’s disability discrimination claims under the New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law because the defendant had issued a letter stating that the plaintiff’s FMLA leave expires soon and the defendant would appreciate knowing whether the plaintiff intends to return to work or abandon his position.
On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, for the first time since 2008, the H-1B cap for FY 2014 had been met within the first week of the filing period. According to the agency, it received a sufficient number of H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap”
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against an obese employee who claimed that his employer discriminated against him on the basis of his weight. According to the court, to qualify as an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person’s obesity must be the result of a physiological condition.